Significant Rise in Classification of Gov’t Docs Focus of New Reports

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on April 8, 2005

Data on the classification of government documents, compiled by the National Records and Archives Administration’s Information Security Oversight Office, is available in the 2004 Report to the President:

  • “This report provides information on the status of the security classification program as required by Executive Order 12958, as amended, “Classified National Security Information.” It includes statistics and analysis concerning components of the system, primarily classification, declassification, and the ISOO inspection program. It also contains information with respect to industrial security in the private sector as required by Executive Order 12829, as amended, “National Industrial Security Program.”
  • Related report – The Federal Government Keeps More Secrets for Longer, New Data Shows: “The federal government set a new record for keeping secrets in 2004, during which government employees chose to classify information a record 15.6 million times, according to new government figures released this week and highlighted in an update to OpenTheGovernment.org’s Secrecy Report Card” (4 pages, PDF).
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